EPA wants chemical data filed only once
- By Mary Mosquera
- Jun 23, 2005
The Environmental Protection Agency will streamline reporting for its Toxics Release Inventory by enabling companies in three states to submit their annual accounting of dangerous chemical releases once to EPA's Central Data Exchange using the TRI-ME reporting software.
CDX will forward the data to the three states participating in the pilot'Illinois, South Carolina and Virginia'through the Environmental Information Exchange Network, said EPA CIO Kim Nelson. Companies must typically file to both EPA and state agencies.
CDX is the point of entry on the Environmental Information Ex-change Network for environmental data submissions to EPA. The Toxics Release Inventory is a public database that industries must update annually by July 1 for the preceding year.
Under the pilot project, EPA will receive industry reports into a data warehouse that will feed it directly to the three states.
One-time reporting eliminates the need for states to submit to EPA their own versions of the industry reports several weeks later and improves reconciliation among inventory numbers. It also eliminates possible errors that can skew results when states submit their own versions of the reports.
Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.